Monthly Archives: November 2009

The love of typewriters

I proofread part of a school paper for my teenage granddaughter a couple weeks ago, at 11 p.m. the night before the paper was due. I later learned that she stayed up all night finishing the paper, and my first … Continue reading

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Spencerian script

These advertisements for Spencerian pens and writing guides are in a small dictionary from the late 1800s. Spencerian was the formal writing script for business correspondence.

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Heavenly heralds of approaching winter

Orion the Hunter is back in the early night sky, heralding the approach of winter and the Christmas season. Orion is one of the most recognizable constellations and, like most visible stars and star groups, takes its name from Greek … Continue reading

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Comforting cats of the C&O

My mother grew up with Chessie the railroad kitten. As a child she always watched for Chessie while waiting for passing trains. She was a dark-haired girl with bangs, crammed in an older model car with three older tow-headed brothers … Continue reading

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The original Rudolph

You know what bothers me about the Rudolph story? His parents. They were ashamed of him, their own child, because he had a shiny red nose — because he was different. They made him hide it with a false nose, … Continue reading

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One nation, many tongues

Speakez-vous franglish, senor? Ou est le bathroom, por favor? Both these sentences combine English, French and Spanish, a linguistic step further than the franglais, or franglish, polyglot language heard in Canada, or the Spanglish heard as the population of the … Continue reading

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Capt. Nye’s Silver Ribbon

Springtime in Ohio in the early 1800s saw canal boats moving for the season after the winter of inactivity. Captains and crews who had taken jobs “ashore” for the cold months returned to their boats, which had been in drydock … Continue reading

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